Software Development Best Practices Blog

2013 ECSE Discussion Topics Posted

I host an executive discussion group in the Seattle area called the Executive Council for Software Excellence (ECSE). We meet monthly at our offices in Bellevue, usually on the second Monday of each month. The group focuses on enterprise-level software development issues. This is a great opportunity to network and compare challenges and solutions with other executives who, we have found, tend to be wrestling with the same issues you are. To keep the discussions focused, the group...

  1. Posted on April 1, 2013 8:00:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. executives, executive, ecse

Construx Executive Summit 2012

  A rare opportunity for top software executives to compare software development challenges and solutions with a highly select group of executive peers, hosted by Steve McConnell with software thought leaders Mike Cohn, Stuart Crabb, David Anderson, Karl Wiegers, John Clifford, and others. Space is Limited--Register...

  1. Posted on June 20, 2012 1:22:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. summit, Management, executive, events

Technical Debt Webinar–Archive Version Now Available

Last week’s webinar on technical debt is now available for download.

  1. Posted on September 27, 2011 1:42:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Methods & Processes, Testing & QA, Design, Maintenance, Webinar, Construction

Managing Technical Debt: Free Webinar

I’ll be giving a free webinar on Managing Technical Debt on September 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. Here’s the registration link: http://adtmag.com/webcasts/2011/08/construx-managing-technical-debt.aspx?partnerref=con5 Here’s a brief overview:“Technical Debt” refers to delayed technical work that is incurred when technical short cuts are taken,...

  1. Posted on September 8, 2011 5:15:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Methods & Processes, Testing & QA, Design, Maintenance, Webinar, Construction, events

10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation: Free Webinar

I’ll be giving a free webinar on the 10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation on April 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. Here’s a link to sign up for it: http://adtmag.com/webcasts/2011/03/construx-10-deadly-sins-of-software-estimation.aspx?partnerref=con4. Here’s the overview: The average project overruns its budget and schedule estimates by 50-80...

  1. Posted on April 12, 2011 12:36:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Presentation, estimation, Management, Webinar

Technical Debt Webinar Recording is Now Available

View it here (free membership required to view). Webinar - Managing Technical Debt "Technical Debt" refers to delayed technical work that is incurred when technical short cuts are taken, usually in pursuit of calendar-driven software schedules. Technical debt is inherently neither good nor bad: Just like financial debt, some technical debts can serve valuable business purposes. Other technical debts are...

  1. Posted on February 7, 2011 1:30:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Presentation, Technique, Management, Technical Debt, Webinar

2011 Executive Discussion Topics Announced

Here are the ECSE group's Discussion topics for 2011: January Job Market 2011: Compensation, Recruiting, and Retention Issues February Organizational Structures March

  1. Posted on February 3, 2011 4:54:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. summit, Management, executive, ecse, events

Upcoming Free Webinar: A Technical Debt Roadmap

I’m excited about the webinar I’ll be leading on “A Technical Debt Roadmap.” It’s Tuesday, January 25, at 11:00 am Pacific Time. Check it out. Here’s a description: "Technical Debt" refers to delayed technical work that is incurred when technical short cuts are taken, usually in pursuit of calendar-driven software schedules. Technical debt is inherently...

  1. Posted on January 21, 2011 10:56:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Methods & Processes, Testing & QA, Design, Maintenance, Webinar, Articles, Construction

Free Webinar: 10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation

I'll be giving a free webinar tomorrow at 10:00 am Pacific time on the 10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation. You can sign up here: http://www.sdtimes.com/content/webinars.aspx Here's the full announcement: The average project overruns its planned budget and schedule by 50%-80%. In practice, little work is done that could truly be called "estimation." Many projects are scheduled using a combination of legitimate...

  1. Posted on June 22, 2009 11:05:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. estimation, Management, Webinar, events

Thinking About Software Executives

It's hard to believe it's time to begin thinking about Construx's Executive Summit already. The Summit isn't until October (October 15-17), but there are a few long-lead-time activities. Right now I'm inviting speakers and rounding up discussion moderators. We're also finalizing hotel arrangements. Next I'll define discussion topics, and then comes the event agenda. Once that's done, we'll update the event website with 2007 information so that by May we can begin officially inviting...

  1. Posted on March 26, 2007 2:21:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Podcast, summit, software executives, executives, Construx Software Executive Summit, Management